While Dropbox, iCloud, and Google Drive are getting all the media coverage, Box is doing new cloud storage users a solid and offering 25GB of free storage.
Free cloud storage is becoming commonplace as vendors rush to satisfy the growing demand for cloud access.
Google Drive’s release last week with 5 GB of free storage capacity, and more for a fee, was one of the most publicized moves to let individuals, and increasingly businesses, put their data in the cloud. The Partner Marketing Guide lists marketing programs that vendors offer to VARs, providing support, services and capabilities to the indirect IT channel. While smartphones haven’t exactly changed all that much in the last two or three years, the services and applications that make them run definitely have. Prices for cloud storage have been been driven way down, to a mere fraction of what they once were.
Below, you will find some of the most reputable cloud storage options with the best pricing.
It’s tough to say exactly what happened, especially when the company claims it wasn’t hacked when, in fact, it appears it was.
Despite how you feel about privacy and security, it’s a good idea to know what sort of security each cloud storage option offers.
Additionally, you can sign up for 1TB of storage for $9.99 per month, which should be plenty for most.
All users get 30-day version history and the ability to restore deleted files for up to 30 days after deletion. Finally, Pro users get additional features like passwords and expiration dates for shared files, higher sharing bandwidth, remote wipe, and priority customer service.
With so much support in third-party apps and clients, Dropbox is one of the best blanket cloud storage options for basic users, especially if you use Mailbox, Dropbox’s email client. If you need more, you can switch to a Business account for $15 per user per month, which comes with “unlimited” storage and 5GB file size limits, but it requires a minimum of three users. The free Personal and $5 Starter plans do come with a host of very useful features, though, like two-factor authentication, file version history (Starter-only), and dedicated apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Mac OS, Windows, and Windows Phone. Copy is a lesser-known cloud storage option I only came across when it kicked-off its killer signup deal. If you know anything about the man who started MEGA and the principles on which it was built, you know privacy and security come first with this service.
The pricing isn’t the best for the amount of storage you get, but it is some of the best pricing you find on serious sharing and distribution of large files.
Unlike all the other services listed here, iCloud Drive is brand spankin’ new and it’s limited to users of Apple products. The pricing is certainly better than the old iCloud pricing, and what you can do with it is greatly improved, as well. OneDrive isn’t very different from any of the aforementioned services, and it comes with applications for Android, iOS, Mac OS, Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox. Google’s application support is respectable, but not nearly as broad as some competing services – Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows. Plain and simple, if you value privacy and security, while most options offer some form of two-step authentication and various levels of encryption, it’s safe to say MEGA is the most secure. However, if you’re not invested in one particular OS (mobile or desktop), Dropbox is a solid option for the basic end user. It may sound complicated and appear overwhelming at first, but there is a cloud storage option for everyone.
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OneDrive can store all types of files including photos, video and documents, with accessibility to Windows PCs or mobile devices. All mobile platforms support automatic photo uploads to the OneDrive, and works closely with Microsoft Office apps. With an Office 365 subscription, one can collaborate with people easily and even view and edit changes after they are made. OneDrive’s automatic file organization is not always accurate which is one of the flaws of OneDrive. Dropbox is one of the favorites in cloud storage world because it’s known to be reliable and easy to use.
The apps live in the file system for easy transfer of files from the computer to the cloud and even for downloading them.
Google Drive combines multiple office tools with cloud storage and one gets an online word processor, spreadsheet app along with a presentation builder too.
If you already have a Google account, Google Drive can be accessed easily  and one can start uploading photos, videos, documents, and other files directly on the drive. The built-in office suite is a major advantage for editing documents, spreadsheets and effective presentations. Google Photos can help you organize photos into albums and one can actually drag and drop files into the Drive with a preview. One does have to export files to edit them in another program and even have to share storage space with Gmail. Box is for anyone who can sign up for a free account but it is the huge number of sharing and privacy options that aid business and IT users. Beyond the cloud storage setup, with support for all files, one can assign tasks, comment on other files, and even receive notifications on changes to files. Other apps from Salesforce and NetSuite can be integrated too with plug-ins for Microsoft Office and Adobe Lightroom too. OpenDrive put the user in control of the personal cloud so that you can control the content and share memories, movies, and music all the time. Store your documents, music and pictures online with instant access, sharing and collaboration, all in a simple to use, secure environment. Share files and folders with other OpenDrive users account without restrictions on file sizes.
As a personal account user, one would have to shell out about 13$ per month for unlimited storage and business account users have to shell out less than 30$ per month. Rajiv is one of the founders of Nimblechapps, a web and mobile development company based out of India. The market for business file-storage software has been one of the most competitive fields in tech over the past few years.
More than 100 vendors are competing in this space now, ranging from upstarts like Box and Dropbox to the big players like Google and Microsoft. In the meantime, the remaining leading vendors will either focus on building up their work collaboration features or become full-scale backend repositories for data and files, the report predicts.
Gartner picked four companies to lead this space, including Box and Dropbox, the two most popular names in EFSS, and Citrix, a $13 billion publicly traded company with a variety of products used by companies with mobile workforces.
The big surprise winner here is Egnyte, the nine-year old startup that has raised $62 million — a fraction of what some of its competitors have. The top four vendors offer similar storage services but differ primarily in whether they’re cloud-only or offer a mix of cloud and on-premise storage.
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This comes with a 5GB free storage as well as any purchase from the iTunes store can be stored and streamed from it without counting towards your quota. As with Dropbox, Google Drive automatically syncs with the cloud and has everything the same across any device it is accessed from, except for Linux. 50GB of free storage seems like a great offer, though perhaps not so if you’re not a fan of ads nor the limited upload size (200MB max).

50GB free storage, as well as being faster though still terribly slow when compared to others. As with most services, you would probably need to use SkyDrive through a browser to store, save etc. Privacy can be quite big these days, and SpiderOak can store things for you without knowing what they are. Not just for Linux users, users of other platforms may also access its initial free 5GB storage service. Many of the top companies providing Cloud Storage services and offering limited free storage with paid options to opt more storage.
All cloud storage companies trying to provide access of files across devices by providing comprehensive software or applications. Available for : Web Browser, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Fire OS. Google Drive approach is different from others, it offers 15 GB cloud storage along with rich editing options and also have integration with other Google services like gMail, Google+ etc. Google Drive allows to edit documents, spreadsheets, power point slides on-line using Google docs, and it supports online editing of most commonly used formats. Box is popular cloud storage option for business, it offers 10 GB free storage for personal usage. Available for : Web Browser, Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome and Firefox extensions.
Amazon Cloud Drive is Amazon contribution for cloud services to compete with big players like Google and Microsoft, it offers 5 GB free cloud storage. Cloud storage is not only file storage but also a great platform for real-time collaboration. New users can sign up via the web to get their free storage - The most free storage offering I can recall by cloud storage services.
Now anybody with an email address can sign up for free cloud storage - No mobile app needed.
Not to be undone by Google, several other free storage vendors tweaked their offers as well.
The apps and services are smarter, more affordable, and more openly available to a wider array of devices and operating systems. Two years ago, cloud storage was relatively expensive, corresponding mobile application support was sparse, and there were only a few services to choose from.
Privacy and security concerns have forced most services to up the security measures and implement various forms of encryption. While it’s hard to go wrong with any of the services listed below, not every service is best suited for every type of user, so I have also broken down which are the best match for the different types of users and use cases. With over 220 million users, it’s easily one of the most well-known brands in the space with a long track record. However, despite the belief that Dropbox is unsafe and not encrypted, it encrypts all data sent to and from its servers, but the files sitting in your account on Dropbox’s servers are not encrypted. And if two-factor authentication is included, it’s not a bad idea to set it up whenever possible. Fortunately, that comes with no file size limit, unless you’re uploading through the web client, in which your files are limited to 300MB. If you’ve got multiple users, you can sign up for a business account with a minimum of five accounts for $15 per month per user for 5TB.
You can attach files to emails from Dropbox from within the Mailbox app, which is especially convenient on mobile devices.
Box has two separate options which require calling for pricing quotes – Enterprise or Elite. Like Dropbox, Box is also integrated into many third-party applications, making it a nice blanket option for anyone just looking for somewhere to store files online. You get 15GB of daily bandwidth for public or shared files, 30-day retention for deleted files and version history, and no file size limits. It uses AES 256 encryption to protect your files while being transferred and while in storage on Copy’s servers. There is also a Chrome and Firefox app, as well as apps for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, and Windows. If you don’t have all your money invested in Apple’s ecosystem, other services are highly recommended. Adding 1TB will cost you $9.99 each month, which is $3 more expensive than OneDrive, but that’s where Microsoft’s storage options end.
The options are only expanding, prices are getting more affordable, and cross-platform support is growing.
Files live in the cloud with the Dropbox’s website, and there are subsequent applications related to every platform. Business plans include 100 GB for 3-10 users at $6 a month and unlimited storage with minimum 3 users at $17 per month.
At Nimblechapps he overlooks delivery, product development and often lends a hand to the in house development team. That would cause smaller players with no differentiating features or bigger companies that see little reason to expand to entirely back out of the industry.
With these cloud storage services popping up everywhere, you might be spoiled for choice, what with additions or price changes.
There’s 5GB free storage and can upload and stream up to 250 songs with the separate Amazon Cloud Player. Business versions include work programs that are integrated with Box’s other cloud services and also business-specific apps.
Unlike the others in the list, Dropbox doesn’t need a web-browser interface and can work with just about any platform.
Files get encrypted before hitting their servers, and it’d be best for you to note your password as they can’t help with that. It has trouble running on newer OSs unfortunately and may not work very well with more recent computers. In simple words, Cloud Storage is just storing of your data in a centralized location and gives you full access anywhere and at any time. There are plenty of options for free or paid cloud storage options, here we are going to see some of the trusted options. It has restriction to upload larger than 250 MB files, it is the main drawback for Box service, but we can create Google docs from box itself and it will allow you to edit the created files. There is no way to increase free storage but 50 GB huge space is good if you compare with others. Copy provides 15 GB of free cloud storage and additional whooping 5GB for referral, more friends more storage typically you can get unlimited storage. When any emergency occurs, none of device next to you and you do not know when it your documentation will be accessed on the path. Cloud only needs to automatically backup data, photos, music and videos stored in the user’s computer to the cloud, so they will not be removed from the file. Company offers a full set of affordable services for data protection, recovery and access anytime, anywhere.
You can store, share and synchronize data on all devices via Dropbox app or Dropbox website.
Google Drive provides 15GB of free cloud storage as well as gets access to the set of sortware on the website of Google. Since most companies offer some level of service for free, it’s easy to just signup for all of them and use each for their strengths. But at least from the consumer’s standpoint, the space is getting crowded, forcing those who were already around to get creative, competitive, and offer a better deal than the competitors.

And for the cherry on top, some companies have used auxiliary features to sweeten the deal. There is a lot to choose from and many services have yet to update their pricing to match the aggressive price drops from some of the top cloud storage providers. Currently, it’s coming off a recent security breach in which 7 million account credentials were allegedly acquired, and 400 were posted online to Pastebin, along with a request for bitcoin in exchange for more usernames and passwords – a scenario all too common these days. While there is no official Windows Phone app, there are a few third-party clients to choose from. Frankly, outside the free and $5 plans, there are better options if you’re looking for more. There are applications available for Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS, Raspberry Pi, Windows, and Windows Phone.
In other words, you can share big files in folders with your friends without it killing everyone’s storage. It operates no differently than similar services, except it’s only accessible from web, Mac, and iOS. The largest plan is 65 percent cheaper than Apple’s offering and it includes a license for Microsoft Office 365 to boot.
This is used for your Google+ photo backups, Gmail attachment storage, and file storage in Google Drive.
They each have some advantages, though their specific features and value adds will only benefit select users.
Here is a list of the most popular cloud storage tools, with their strengths and weaknesses.
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While basic iCloud services can be accessed on any platform, the best way to use it would be with a Mac having Lion or better, or an Apple device with iOS 5 or better. The basic free version offers 5GB of storage and businesses can also upgrade it to 1000GB, making it well suited for corporations though not necessarily for personal storage. While there aren’t any attractive extras, it provides a convenient platform for sharing files.
While there is an option to buy more storage, it can’t be directly through Mega and has to be via a reseller which isn’t very convenient. A feature that allows you to grab a file from any computer associated with your account may seem convenient, but could also pose a security threat. It offers a lot of features and benefits like data availability on all of our devices at any time and anywhere on any device, backup, syncing, security, sharing and much more. Many of us very concern about storing data across the oceans, it leads a questions about security even though companies boosting their precautions to secure the data. For PC’s and for MAC, appropriate  client software available to sync files directly and instantly in simple way. It offers unique features like sharing of big files or folders so, no size limits, and no viewing bandwidth restrictions. Although your equipments are damaged, lost or stolen and you need to see your documents urgently, cloud storage service is always ready to serve you. This is a source for data backup when any emergency occurs, a platform for data sharing to collaborate or send large files to customers and colleagues.
JustCloud files can be gotten access from anywhere, anytime, and provide you with unlimited storage spaces, 100% automatic backup with the ability to sync on multiple computers and mobile apps.
These services include automatic backup, easy restore capabilities, access anytime, anywhere, and high security. Livedrive also gives three different packages for individuals, its cost is between 6 and 19 USD per month. You can get access to your files from anywhere, from desktop to laptop, tablet and smartphone. Users can save, edit and invite others to work on Docs, Sheets and Slides (versions on Google of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint) directly on Google Drive.
After uploading your files, share them by sending a link to recipients or embedding them into your site. Other services offer document specific cloud storage, such as Neat Receipts for mobile and desktop scanned image storage and access.
Web-based file sharing systems typically require manual uploads and downloads without the convenience of click and drag management for copying and moving files. Of course, Dropbox denied that it was hacked, stating the usernames and passwords were unrelated to Dropbox – yet some redditors claim the usernames and passwords actually work.
The upgrade to 100GB is just a $5 per month charge, and it increases the file size limit to 2GB. If you’re not planning on that or earning the 40GB of free storage, there are better options than Copy, though I personally really like it (and got very lucky with referrals). It has one of the most affordable plans – which we imagine will be plenty large for most people – out of the lot, just $0.99 per month for 20GB. However, Dropbox has more third-party integration and Google Drive has larger storage options. If 1TB will do, OneDrive is a killer deal because it comes with a license for Microsoft Office 365, meaning you can use all the Microsoft Office apps on your computer or mobile devices. A starting Dropbox account only has 2GB but more can be gotten through inviting new users or by paying. Restrictions naturally go away with a subscription and supports many platforms but does not integrate into your file systems.
Files can only be accessed through their software and would be great for anyone looking for high security. The stored files consist of documents, spreadsheets, email, sales data, images and graphics, video, financial data, accounting and customer relationship management.
Additional storage space can be purchased for a monthly subscription, starting at 4.99 USD for 100 GB. Box can also be accessed through mobile devices using Box app on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Depending on the need to use, small businesses can make appropriate decisions for their choice. From the MEGA landing page: “… while most cloud storage providers can and do claim the same, MEGA is different – unlike the industry norm where the cloud storage provider holds the decryption key, with MEGA, you control the encryption, you hold the keys, and you decide who you grant or deny access to your files, without requiring any risky software installs.
That gets very expensive … but 10 to 30TB of online storage is a whole hell of a lot of space.
Cloud storage solutions can smash your worries and help your device becomes easier to hold and access information efficiently. Carbonite launched service packages for individuals, businesses and the enterprises having the need of server. Users will get 2GB of free storage, file sharing and synchronization and security features such as SSL encryption, 2-step authentication and mobile password. However there are three noticeable criteria when using this service including storage, encryption mode and virtual directories.

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